Psalms Celebrating Redemption and Salvation by the Lord
A song of Praise; of David.א
I will exalt Thee, my God, O King,
And I will bless Thy name to eternity and forever....8ח
Gracious and compassionate is Jehovah,
Slow to anger and of great mercy.9ט
Good is Jehovah to all,
And His compassions are over all His deeds.10י
All Thy deeds shall confess Thee, O Jehovah,
And Thy merciful ones shall bless Thee....13מ
Thy kingdom is a kingdom of all ages,
And Thy rule is in every generation and generation.14ס
Jehovah supports all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed low.15ע
The eyes of all put their expectation in Thee,
And Thou givest them their food in its time,16פ
Opening Thy hand,
And satisfying every living thing with Thy good pleasure.17צ
Just is Jehovah in all His ways,
And merciful in all His deeds.18ק
Near is Jehovah to all those who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth....20ש
Jehovah keeps all those who love Him,
But all the wicked will He blot out.21ת
The praise of Jehovah shall my mouth speak,
And let all flesh bless the name of His holiness to eternity and forever.
|verses||topic||Summary of the Spiritual Sense|
|16||Song in praise of the Lord because of His works and His justice;|
|8, 9||17||because of His works and His mercy.|
|10-12||12||All who are in the heavens will confess Him,|
|13||12||because His kingdom is eternal.|
|14-16||12,11||He raises up sinners, and leads them into truths, so that they may live.|
|17||17||He is Divine.|
|18, 20||17,3||He saves those who believe in Him, and those who do not believe perish.|
|21||16||He is to be worshiped.|
Near is Jehovah to all those who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth (v. 18).
TCR 766. The Lord is present with every man, urging and pressing to be received; and His first coming, which is called the dawn, is when man receives Him, which he does when he acknowledges Him as his God, Creator, Redeemer, and Savior. From this time man’s understanding begins to be enlightened in spiritual things, and to advance into a more and more interior wisdom. And as he receives this wisdom from the Lord, he advances through morning into day, and this day lasts with him into old age, even to death, and after death he passes into heaven to the Lord Himself. And there, although he died an old man, he is restored to the morning of his life, and the rudiments of the wisdom implanted in him in the natural world grow to eternity.
TCR 774. The Lord’s presence is unceasing with every man, both the evil and the good, for without His presence no man lives; but His Coming is only to those who receive Him, who are such as believe in Him and keep His commandments. The Lord’s unceasing presence causes man to become rational, and gives him the ability to become spiritual. This is effected by the light that goes forth from the Lord as the sun in the spiritual world, and man receives it in his understanding; that light is truth, and by means of it man has rationality. But the Lord’s coming is to him who joins heat with that light, that is, love with truth; for the heat that goes forth from that same sun is love to God and love toward the neighbor.
The mere presence of the Lord, and the consequent enlightenment of the understanding, may be likened to presence of the sun’s light in the world. Unless this light is joined with heat, all things on earth become desolate. But the coming of the Lord may be likened to the coming of heat, which takes place in spring. Because heat then joins itself with light, the earth is softened, and seeds sprout and bring forth fruit. Such is the parallel between the spiritual things which are the environment of man’s spirit, and the natural things which are the environment of his body.
Questions and Comments
- Some favorite verses of this psalm are 9, 15, 16 and 18, (though often the word order is rearranged). What is one of your favorite verses?
- “Jehovah supports all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed low” (v. 14). This means that the Lord “raises up sinners, and leads them into truths, so that they may live” (PP). What sort of sinners does/can the Lord raise up and lead into truths and eternal life?
- The first coming of the Lord takes place when we acknowledge Him as our God, Creator, Redeemer, and Savior. Do these four come in stages or all together? When is His second coming to an individual?